ADAPPT is a project
supported by a European Union grant through the ACP
Science and Technology Programme to establish a network of
scientists and agricultural technicians, from NGOs, agricultural
institutes, ministries and universities from Ghana, Kenya, Malawi,
South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom
with a focus on pesticidal plants* as environmentally benign and
safer alternatives to synthetic pesticides. The specific partners
are listed on the Partners page of this
website. ADAPPT will:
Establish an intra-African
network with linkages to international networks,
Build capacity to assess
research needs to facilitate the formulation and implementation
of research policies associated with pesticidal plants and to
prepare and submit project proposals for new funding opportunities,
Enhance the research capacity
and incentive of the network partners and so increase the quality
and impact of research results and disseminated outputs.
This action will address Millennium
Development Goals 1, 7 and 8 by targeting poverty eradication
at the small-scale farming level, building and enhancing strong
scientific and technological capacity in agriculture, chemistry,
biodiversity conservation, and plant physiology. This will support
research, development and innovation in the ACP region, and enable
the identification and formulation of activities or policies that
are critical to sustainable development related to habitat conservation,
pesticide regulations, indigenous knowledge and implementing the
UN Convention on Biological
on this website will provide updates of project's progress as well
as provide information on the optimal use of pesticidal plants,
particularly in dryland habitats across Africa. Background information
about pesticidal plants and links to other important sources of
information on plants used for their pesticidal properties can also
be found here.
The First International
Conference on Pesticidal Plants
The 1st ICPP took place over the 21st to 24th January 2013 was considered a great success. Details about the conference are available on the Conference page.
*This project considers pesticidal
plants (a.k.a. botanical pesticides, ethno-botanicals) to be all
plant materials (e.g., roots, leaves, seeds, flowers etc.) that
require only rudimentary preparation (e.g., powdered, water extracted)
which farmers can use to reduce field crop damage, stored product
losses and livestock mortality/morbidity.
Back to top
Farmers in Malawi preparing extracts of botanical
pesticides for spraying on to their vegetable crops.
Farmers in Ghana making choices on which pesticidal plants they
prefer to use for protecting their stored maize crops.